Australian News and Analysis

Wealth gap in Australia widening

Wealth gap in Australia widening

Australian News and Analysis July 31, 2014 at 2:21 pm

The gap between the rich and poor in Australia continues to grow. According to Oxfam the wealthiest 1% of Australians now have more money than the bottom 60% of the population! By Dean Roberts, Socialist Party Almost 80% of people feel that the gap between the rich and poor had [...]

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Hospitality penalty rates cut

Hospitality penalty rates cut

Australian News and Analysis July 29, 2014 at 9:34 am

The Fair Work Commission decision to cut Sunday penalty rates for casual hospitality staff will reduce the pay of at least 40,000 low paid workers. The wage cut will predominantly affect workers who are young and female. By Dean Roberts, Socialist Party The full bench of the Commission ruled that [...]

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Rising fears of global warming

Rising fears of global warming

Australian News and Analysis July 26, 2014 at 4:39 pm

The June results of the Lowy Institute poll found a rise in concern about climate change, against the background of a global absence of any serious plan to address the problem. The current government aims for a mere 5% reduction in emissions over 1990 levels. By David Elliott, Socialist Party [...]

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VIC: Firefighters put at risk

VIC: Firefighters put at risk

Australian News and Analysis July 25, 2014 at 12:51 pm

The Hazelwood coalmine was hit with a catastrophic fire in early February. It burned for 45 days and exposed the residents of the town of Morwell to serious health risks. By Aishwarya Ramji, Socialist Party It was recently revealed that the mine operator, GDF, took very few precautions to prepare [...]

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WA: Mining sector job losses

WA: Mining sector job losses

Australian News and Analysis July 24, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Iron ore dominates the Western Australian mining landscape in the Pilbara region. With the recent decline in iron ore prices the profit margins of many mining companies such as BHP and Rio Tinto have been hit quite aggressively. By Matt Myers, Socialist Party The decline in iron ore prices is [...]

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Minimum wage failing to keep up with living costs

Minimum wage failing to keep up with living costs

Australian News and Analysis July 24, 2014 at 3:02 pm

From July 1 the legal minimum wage for workers in Australia was increased to $16.87 per hour. This represents an increase of 3% or just $18.70 per week. The change was handed down by the Fair Work Commission in their yearly wage review decision. By Ben Convey, Socialist Party While [...]

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Majority oppose NSW electricity privatisation

Majority oppose NSW electricity privatisation

Australian News and Analysis July 23, 2014 at 11:27 am

Michael Baird, the recently appointed NSW Premier, has announced the proposed sale of 49% the state’s electricity poles and wires. Baird has said that at the next election he will be seeking a mandate for privatisation, in effect making it a referendum. By Gary Duffy, Socialist Party In February 2014 [...]

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Activists picket refugee deportation

Activists picket refugee deportation

Australian News and Analysis July 23, 2014 at 11:07 am

In early June about 50 people picketed the MITA refugee detention centre in Broadmeadows on the outskirts of Melbourne. The emergency protest was called upon hearing the news that 14 asylum seekers were to be deported from the MITA centre to the detention camp on Christmas Island. By Anthony Main, [...]

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Queenslanders cop a double hit of budget cuts

Queenslanders cop a double hit of budget cuts

Australian News and Analysis July 21, 2014 at 5:14 pm

The austerity agenda of the ruling Liberal National Party (LNP) in Queensland, led by Premier Campbell Newman, is set to enter a new phase. By Conor Flynn, Socialist Party Last month Treasurer Tim Nicholls unveiled the LNP’s third budget. The centrepiece was a $33.6 billion plan to privatise public assets [...]

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Uni bosses step up persecution

Uni bosses step up persecution

Australian News and Analysis July 18, 2014 at 11:49 am

University bosses around Australia have escalated their campaign of intimidation against students and staff fighting job, class and wage cuts. The latest case has seen the Vice President of the University of Sydney Union (USU), Tom Raue, singled-out and banned from campus for the last month of his elected term. [...]

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